Help Us Fight for National Payday Loan Protections
This year, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is preparing to issue new rules for payday lenders. This historic and unprecedented opportunity will enable a federal agency to finally curb the payday loan debt trap nationwide, much like we have already done here in Illinois. We expect Payday lenders to mount a significant campaign to stop these efforts.
We live in a new economic reality. Since the great recession, 58% of the new jobs created are low wage jobs, paying $8.25 an hour. Adjusted for inflation, today’s minimum wage worker is making $2.50 less than a minimum wage worker in 1968.
You read that right. Today’s minimum wage worker has 23% less buying power than he would have forty-five years ago.
Working Illinoisans are losing ground. The 400,000 minimum wage workers in Illinois need our help.
HELP BUILD A BETTER ILLINOIS!
It's time to get our priorities straight and give the middle class a fair shake. We need a more accountable government that cuts waste and protects education, public safety and health care. We need fair taxes, with higher rates for higher income levels, and lower rates for lower income levels. And we need successful small businesses that create good middle-class jobs, not more giveaways to big corporations and special treatment for CEOs.
Chicago, IL – Citizen Action/IL is deeply concerned about the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down Section 5 of the 1968 Voting Rights Act, which for decades has provided a strong protective firewall against discrimination at the voting booth by states that have exhibited a history of discrimination against African-Americans.
Closing Wasteful Corporate Loopholes in Illinois
by William McNary, Co-Director, Citizen Action/Illinois
During the 2013 legislative session, we asked you to help us pass legislation to stop the 3 most wasteful corporate loopholes in Illinois. With your help, over 9,000 emails and calls were made to our elected officials in Springfield demanding an end to wasteful loopholes.